Fingal Old IRA Commemorative Society 1916-1921

Fingal Old IRA Commemorative Society 1916-1921 event on Sunday 18th.

The Fingal Old IRA Commemorative Society is visiting Balrothery village on Sunday the 18th February next. The Society’s Irish Volunteer re-enactors will parade behind the National Colour Party. The parade which will commence from “The Cuckoo Stone” at midday will march to the Community Centre supported by a piper.
At 12.15pm Pat Nugent’s excellent photographic exhibition will be opened in the Community Centre. This collection of photographs drawn from across the decades is well worth a visit at some point during the afternoon. The exhibition features many historic shots including dramatics pictures of the aftermath of the Sack of Balbriggan.
At 1.15pm Skerries historian, Frank Wherity will give an illustrated talk on his granduncle Thomas Hand. Tom was an active Trade Unionist and was the local branch secretary. He was also an active member of the Gaelic League. After the Rising, he was sent to Frongogh  Internment Camp in Wales. On his release from Frongogh, he resumed his involvement with the Fingal Volunteers. He also served as a judge of the Dáil Courts.
In December 1920 his home was raided by the Tans and he was killed. There was a military Court of Enquiry into his death rather than an inquest. The finding was that he died of gunshot wounds inflicted by persons unknown.
This talk by Frank will deal with the life and times of Thomas Hand and those he worked with and the community he lived in.
All are invited to attend what will prove to be an enjoyable afternoon.

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Application to the 2017 Town & Village Scheme


LogoBCABalrothery Community Association received some great news today when we were informed that the application to the 2017 Town & Village Scheme for funding towards a children’s themed playground & multi-use games area (MUGA) has been successful. The Department have allocated €100,000 towards the cost and Fingal County Council will also be providing the balance of funding.


On behalf of the Balrothery Community, we would like to thank Minister Michael Ring for his recognition of the requirement for these facilities in Balrothery and also Paul Smyth in the Economic Enterprise & Tourism Development Department of Fingal County Council. Paul and his colleagues worked closely with the Community Association to ensure the application was as strong as possible because Balrothery was competing against other villages throughout Ireland for a share of the available funding . We would also like to thank Cllr Tony Murphy for his lobbying and assistance at local level.



The Town & Village Scheme is a new funding model that joins the community with the local authority right from the initial concept stage and the works that have been carried out as a result of the 2016 funding have been very well received in Balrothery and the 2017 funding will undoubtedly be equally well received especially by parents of young children.

All-in-all, it is an exciting day for Balrothery and we really look forward to now arranging a workshop with the children to ascertain exactly what they would like to see in their playground and to working together with Fingal County Council to make the childrens wishes a reality in 2018.


Kevin Tolan – Chairperson

Warren Power – Secretary